Tree burning suspect description released - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Tree burning suspect description released

Volunteers help decorate the new Christmas tree in Linn Park Volunteers help decorate the new Christmas tree in Linn Park

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - Birmingham Police are looking for a white male in his 50's, with gray hair, approximately six feet tall, who they believe was responsible for the burning of the city's Christmas tree at Linn Park on December 15.

During the police investigation, detectives determined that the suspect set the tree on fire while taking copper cable from the tree.

Donors replaced the tree soon after it was destroyed. Scores of people gathered Thursday as a new cypress tree was decorated and dedicated in Linn Park. Mayor William Bell says the new tree symbolizes the city's generosity.

The city didn't plan to replace it, but a group of radio stations donated a new tree. Donors and leaders from neighboring cities stepped up to provide decorations and trim it.
Police haven't made any arrests in the destruction of the original tree, which cost $7,500.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call Birmingham Police at 205-254-1782, or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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